Manchester United enjoyed a thunderous start to their 2017 campaign with two straight victories in two games against West Ham and Swansea. Earning the best ever start in a Premier League campaign, in 110 years, United are the only team to notch 8 goals from 2 matches. With the good times returning for the club, Manchester united won 3 trophies last season and earned back a deserving spot in the Champions League.
The Red Devils have only improved from their last campaign with manager Jose Mourinho deploying three new faces in his star-studded line-up in form of striker Romelu Lukaku, former Chelsea man Nemanja Matic and Swedish star boy Victor Lindelof. Well the strengthening doesn’t seem to be halting with reports and evidences that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Reds top scorer last season, is imminent to sign a contract renewal with the club.
Adding fuel to the rumours United defender Eric Bailly posted a video on his Instagram of him having a hilarious banter with the Swedish striker. “Hope you are almost ready to return @iamzloatanibrahimovic, I’ll be right here” the video was captioned.
This was enough to send the United loyals into frenzy. The video had more than 8 thousand comments, most of them welcoming Zlatan back at Manchester.
But did Zlatan ever leave Manchester? No.
After suffering a horrible knee injury, an ACL, in the Europa League semi-final clash against Anderlecht, the Swede was ruled out for the remaining season and his contract which expired at the end of the season was not renewed by the club.
United though still offered Zlatan to use the training facilities at Carrington until he recovered completely and he has since been getting back on track in Manchester and looks ready to start again. The striker recently took to Instagram and posted a video of him kicking punching bags with his injured leg. “Which knee?” read the caption of the short-clip.
Manager Jose Mourinho too confirmed earlier that discussions of the striker’s return were underway and that he wants to keep Zlatan at the club.
If Ibrahimovic re-signs for United, he will most certainly add up to the already high quality squad and will give them an edge in the big games where the Red Devils can lag because of the lack of big match experience in the side.
Except for Michael Carrick, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba, there are a very few players in the current United line up to have big Champions League games experience under their names. Zlatan’s addition upfront alongside Romelu Lukaku will be a lethal combination which can penetrate best of defence lines with relative ease.
It will be interesting to see if Mourinho will start both Lukaku and Zlatan together or will it be a one game each process to load off unwanted pressure from the Manchester United attack.
Considering the fact that United will play a long season of competitive football eyeing every possible silverware they could get their hands on, a back-up of the stature of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be a cherry on top of the cake for the Reds.